ERIC Number: ED365841
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Audiographic Communication: The Optel Telewriter Trial.
Taylor, J. C.; And Others
The University of Southern Queensland (USQ) Distance Education Centre compared the cost and instructional effectiveness of the Optel Telewriter to that of telephone tutorials and face-to-face instruction. Thirty enrollees in a data analysis class used the Optel Telewriter, which permits two-way voice and graphic communication, and 30 other students did not. The Optel Telewriter users passed the course's final examination at a higher rate than did the students in the control group (73% versus 66%) and achieved a higher mean score than the controls (57.46 versus 55.80). Both the students and teachers who used the Optel Telewriter felt that it is a viable alternative to the face-to-face component of distance education. Students indicated that the Optel Telewriter enhanced their academic performance, and teachers stated that it significantly expanded the pedagogical possibilities of the audio teleconferencing system with which they had worked previously. Although tutorials conducted via the Optel Telewriter cost approximately twice as much as telephone tutorials, they were still far more cost-effective than face-to-face instruction. (Appended are a chart detailing the organizational structure of the USQ Distance Education Centre and the student attitude questionnaire. Twelve tables/figures and 13 references are included.) (MN)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Australian Dept. of Employment, Education and Training, Canberra.
Authoring Institution: University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba (Australia).
Identifiers - Location: Australia